Merchant Vessel Sinks Leaving Fear of Oil Spill Around Five Nautical Miles From Mangalore: Read to Know

Merchant Vessel Sinks Leaving Fear of Oil Spill Around Five Nautical Miles From Mangalore: Read to Know

The merchant vessel, Princess Miral, which ran around five nautical miles off the city on Tuesday following damage to its hull, sank on Thursday near Batpady. Coast Guard personnel had rescued 15 Syrian marine crew as they abandoned the vessel following ingress of water on Tuesday. Preliminary survey is being conducted by a private agent to decide how to de-fuel the vessel and what to do with the ship.

The DC said that Oil spill is unlikely, but preparing for the worst likely scenario. Neighbouring Kasaragod district (Kerala) has also been alerted about the incident. The Department of Fisheries has been asked to alert fishermen against undertaking fishing around the area where the vessel has sunk. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has been directed to test samples of sea water at regular intervals. NMPA and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) have been told to help KSPCB officials in this connection. All departments have been asked be on the alert and told of the steps that need to be taken in consultation with the Coast Guard, if any oil spill is seen on the coast and in the river.

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